That is not what I said at all. I just outlined all of the reasons today, this moment, in the coming days it would make no sense for the team to send him down, and how it would be counter to every action they've had over the past week. That's all. At any point this season? I'll make you a deal: You tell me how he pitches the rest of the season, and I'll give you the answer. But I cannot tell the future. I don't know if he'll struggle, lose his command, or be used less frequently because suddenly they don't trust him in those spots. It could happen. We. Just. Don't. Know. The. Future.
I would like to cover a team that has John Lackey as the pitching coach. That's all.
There still seems to a place in the game for a player like Matt Holliday. Not sure when or how that is. I do know it will be in the American League. Something feels right about Houston being a match at some point.
(But I totally appreciate the the outside-the-box thinking.)
'Sup, Kevin. Might want to ask the cab driver to take you to Busch, which a ch. Just a friendly heads up. As for the salami I have absolutely no clue.
Depends on two things: The reliever and the number of pitches necessary. There are times that a reliever will need 40 pitches to get through one inning and 12 to get through 1 2/3 innings. So he pitched fewer innings one day but is far, far, far fresher for a next day appearance. The rule of thumb is pitches thrown -- and not just in a game, but whether they got "hot" in the bullpen as well. There were times last season that Bowman got "hot" for four consecutive games, and that was just as alarming as his use in three of those four games. But he has an arm that bounces back. The Cardinals are still learning about Hicks. Norris seems to be resilient. Tuivailala has worked to be.
Gyorko on DL. Bader up from Memphis.
The BPIB will be weekly in April to see how it goes. We recorded one this morning. It will be coded and loaded by the end of the evening tonight. And there will be another one next week. We're doing it on a regular schedule because we have a sponsor, Lumberlend Co. And we'll see how people respond to it. Exciting possibilities.
Possibly. That is how it would line up. Tuivailala, too. Has to be multi-inning guy.
Total stress.That would be monitored closely. They don't want Hicks warming up and not being used, and they don't want those 35-40 pitch outings on back-to-back days or even 40-pitch innings. They are going to be aware of the stress innings put on him because of the new level, the new role, and all of that. That role that intrigues you is the same one that the Cardinals are excited about having him in. They just have to get their first.
Maybe. Have to consider the time, honestly. Where to give elsewhere.
I didn't think it was so ridiculous a week ago, but the information we were operating with on Monday was the same as the Cardinals had at that point -- or at least 24 hours earlier, and that was before it was clear that Holland would go for a year. Long time chatters know that there's no such thing as a bad one-year deal, and if they can get an All-Star closer, even with some concerns, then goodness by all means do it for a year. Also Mayers is not Brebbia. So, I'm not sure what the comparison is there that you're looking for. Both had been told they were making the team. That was the plan when we chatted, and I stand by my response.
Opening day with the red jackets, Clydesdales, cars, and all the pomp isn't what sells the day anymore? I thought that was why people went. To see the ball club for a baseball city is usually the draw. I'm not sure. Are there Cardinals fans that would buy tickets for the home opener with Wainwright starting but not buy them if he wasn't? That's interesting.
Bill DeWitt Jr. told Jesus Ortiz and myself at spring training that opening day was a sellout. However, there are still tickets available today, and they were still talking about it on the broadcast Monday. These things can both be true. I'm not sure what the limit to sales are, but the Cardinals and other teams will always try to find a ticket for someone will to buy one. Plus, the area without seats allows for a more flexible definition of attendance because not everyone needs/gets a seat now. But, yes, the Cardinals are not moving tickets at the same clip as in previous years. That is something that is happening this year.
All of it, yes. We're already seeing it with the schedule, and the presence of Hicks and the use of Hicks in the bullpen. You're seeing elements of it, too, when you watch some of the matchups late in games, and how Maddux will try to pitch to Matheny a move that readies them for the ninth. Once Holland arrives, look for the use of Leone as a tell.
Fair point. And thanks for giving me an answer. I, admittedly, was naive on this. But it makes sense. And, I realize now that I should have been wiser and answered my own question: If I argue that it's OK to start Wainwright because it's a ceremonial nod to his career with the team, then of course it makes sense some would be driven to attend a game like that, opener or not. I apologize for a false assumption on my part.
At that point in time, Mayers, the reliever with the blazing fastball and the strong spring and the years of control, was more valuable to the Cardinals than Greg Holland. Mayers was pitching well, and Holland was a commitment that would have blocked a young player on the rise. That could be Mayers, right? And those the argument was that having Mayers was greater than having Holland. Now, Cardinals can see what having both is like.
Anything is possible. Winning games is preferable.
Great question. That had to be settled during spring training, I believe. So he'll be 1B. Jose Martinez will not appear on the ballot, if past practice is what happened this year. That means the Cardinals will have to stoke a write-in attempt, or get him on the Final Vote, if he's deserving. Long way to go.